Dining Out in Saudi Arabia

Posted on Apr 17, 2010 12:37 AM by
Here's a list of restaurants prevailing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Over the past few years there have been a lot of new & exciting restaurants booming up in Saudi Arabia. Some are exclusive for men, while some have separate sections for families so that women can dispense their veil and eat comfortably.

There has never been a wider choice or better time to dine out in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. One of my favorite beverages is the “Saudi Champagne”. This of course is not champagne but a fruit punch mainly consisting of apple and Perrier. On your arrival, most of the restaurants will ask if you’d like some Saudi Champagne. Don’t mistake this for a “free welcome drink”; else you will end up with an exorbitant bill.

Friday’s are special, Brunch Buffets are provided in most of the Hotels and Restaurants with a variety of mouth watering dishes. I’ve included the contact numbers of the Restaurants, so if you are in the mood to chill out at home; you can contact them for home delivery. Most of the Restaurants even provide Take-away & Catering services.

Here’s a note to the new comers: The Islamic faith prohibits the consumption of pork or pork derived products, hence most of the dishes are prepared with chicken or beef instead.

If you’ve been to any of the Restaurants mentioned do leave a comment on your experience.

“Bon appetite”

List of Restaurants in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia : (Click Restaurant names below to view respective description)

International

French
  1. CAN
  2. LECLUSE
  3. LESOUFFLE
  4. PIANO


Chinese
  1. CHINA CITY
  2. GOLDEN PALACE
  3. GOLDEN ROYAL
  4. GULF ROYAL
  5. HONG KONG
  6. LAI LAI
  7. NAWADER CHINESE
  8. RIYADH CHINESE
  9. SHANGHAI EXPRESS

Italian
  1. DA PINO
  2. LA CAMPAGNA
  3. LA CASA ITALIANA
  4. LA PERGOLA
  5. LA PIAZZA
  6. OLIVOS
  7. PIZZA INN
  8. PIZZERIA ROMA
  9. QUATTRO
  10. ROMA




International

CARAVAN STOP
Cost: Expensive
Tel: 01 – 464 1400
Location: Al Khozama Hotel
Provides an ambience of traditional Arabic culture.

CHILI’S
Cost: Expensive
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Must try: Texas Fries & Molten Chocolate Cake
Tel: 01 – 2934849
Fax: 01- 2935820
Location: Prince Mohamed Bin Abdulaziz Street, Al Solaymaniah District
Chili’s prides itself on being the first restaurant in the kingdom to have offered a variety of low fat and low carbohydrate meals.

COLLECTION
Tel: 01 – 2734802
Location: Harvey Nichols
The menu is Asian and Cajun influenced but has a little bit of everything.

LA BRASSERIE
Tel: 01 – 2732000
Location: Al-Faisaliah Hotel
Provides lunch buffets based on classic French Brasserie cusine.

TERRAZO CHURRASCO
Cost: Very Expensive
Ambience: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Tel: 01 – 2732000
Location: Al-Faisaliah Hotel
Friday lunch costs about SR180-200 including soft drinks.

THE GLOBE
Location: Al Faisaliah Tower
Exceptional gourmet cuisine is complemented by spectacular panoramic views of the city below.

THE WINDROSE
Tel: 01 – 4641400
Location: Al Khozama Hotel
The Windrose provides Riyadh’s finest weekly Brunch every Friday.


French

CAN
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Tel: 01 – 465 8007
Location: Prince Mohammed (Tahlia) street.
The mood is tranquil, the service is excellent and the food is superb.

LECLUSE
Cost: around SR100 for one main course.
Tel: 01 – 465 7648
Location: Prince Mohammed (Tahlia Street)
Must try: Spiced duck breast roasted with honey.
Lecluse is known for providing classic French food.

LESOUFFLE
Cost: around SR100 for a main course
Must try: Souffl’e
Tel: 01 – 465 2797
Location: Upstairs at Pattis France on Prince Sultan(Thalatheen) Street

PIANO
Cost: Go for main course + dessert for around SR100-120.
Ambience: 4/5
Must try: Desserts
Tel: 01 – 461 7070
Location: on King Fahd Highway.


Chinese

CHINA CITY
Tel: 01 – 4642696
Location: north on King Fahd Highway.

GOLDEN PALACE
Tel: 01 – 462 7168
Location: Back on Olaya Street to the junction with Mousa Al-Nasir Street (Akaria junction)
Offers Spicy szechwan cuisine.


GOLDEN ROYAL
Tel: 01 – 463 1945
Location: north on King Fahd Highway.


GULF ROYAL
Tel: 01 – 464 0121
Location: Back on Olaya Street to the junction with Mousa Al-Nasir Street (Akaria junction)


HONG KONG
Tel: 01 – 461 5513
Location: block east of the new NCCI building.
Buffets are available on Wed, Thu and Fridays.


LAI LAI
Tel: 01 – 465 1181
Location: block east of the new NCCI building.


NAWADER CHINESE
Tel: 01 – 465 0603
Location: block east of the new NCCI building.


RIYADH CHINESE
Tel: 01 – 465 5451
Location: Sulaimania Thalatheen Street at the junction known as “suicide junction”


SHANGHAI EXPRESS
Location: Below Peninsula Restaurant.
Found at various locations around Riyadh, each serving different menus.



Italian

DA PINO
Tel: 01 – 464 1400
Location: Al-Khozama Hotel, Olaya Street.
Provides all you can eat pasta on Monday Evenings.


LA CAMPAGNA
Tel: 01 – 462 4339
Location: Prince Mohamed Bin Abdulaziz (Tahlia) Street.


LA CASA ITALIANA
Cost: Mixed Grill around SR.70
Tel: 01 – 419 8016
Location: On King Fahd Highway.


LA PERGOLA
Tel: 01 – 461 2000
Location: Olaya Holiday Inn
Friday is Italian all-you-can-eat buffet.


LA PIAZZA
Tel: 01 – 454 3300
Location: Sheraton Riyadh Hotel.


OLIVOS
Tel: 01 – 479 1234
Location: Radison SAS Hotel.
Choose to dine inside or on the secluded mist-cooled terrace.


PIZZA INN
Location: Food courts @ Granada & Rimal Mall
Pizza Inn uses fresh dough that is prepared daily. Friendly service. Customers love its pizza quality. Great delivery and carry out service.


PIZZERIA ROMA
Tel: 01 – 462 9032
Location: Abdallah Bin Hamdan Road.


QUATTRO
Tel: 01 – 211 5000
Location: Four Seasons Hotel at Kindom Centre.


ROMA
Tel: 01 – 464 1133
Location: Carson buildings, Mousa bin nasir street, opposite Akaria.




P.S: The author has no commercial interest in any of the companies mentioned.
The information is as up-to-date as possible at the time of writing.

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